The Copolymer Blending Method: A New Approach for Targeted Assembly of Micellar Nanoparticles

Daniel B. Wright, Joseph P. Patterson, Anaïs Pitto-Barry, Annhelen Lu, Nigel Kirby, Nathan C. Gianneschi, Christophe Chassenieux*, Olivier Colombani, Rachel K. OReilly

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Polymer self-assembly in solution is a simple strategy for the preparation of elegant yet complex nanomaterials. However, exhaustive synthesis of the copolymer synthons is often required to access specific assemblies. In this work we show that the blending of just two diblock copolymers with identical block lengths but varying hydrophobic monomer incorporations can be used to access a range of assemblies of intermediate hydrophobic composition. Indeed, the nanostructures produced from blending are identical to those formed with the directly synthesized copolymer of the same composition. This new approach presents researchers with a more efficient and accessible methodology to access precision self-assembled nanostructures, and we highlight its potential by applying it to a demonstrator catalytically active system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6516-6522
Number of pages7
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 22 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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